The Gift of Sight
Why your help is needed:
- The number of blind is expected to double by the year 2020 — from 37 million in 2008 to 75 million by 2020 — according to the World Health Organization.
- Imagine being blind. And poor. And there is no hope.
Join us in our efforts to eradicate needless blindness by contributing to the Himalayan Cataract Project. Your support makes sight restoration possible.
$20 covers the cost of one sight-restoring cataract surgery.
National Geographic Explorer: In this clip from "Miracle Doctors," Drs. Ruit and Tabin discuss the transformative effects of cataract surgery, and their personal goals to eradicate unnecessary blindness. See more video clips.
Immediate & Long-Term Impact
Each time a blind person regains eyesight it is not only his or her life that is restored but a family, a village, a community, a local economy. The positive ripple effects are enormous.
By contributing to the Himalayan Cataract Project, you are supporting its mission of eradicating preventable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of a world-class eye care infrastructure.
Your donation could support a sight-restoring cataract surgery, the training of a surgical team, a fellowship for a young ophthalmologist to study abroad, outreach work in a rural area, the provision of a surgical microscope and consumables for a newly trained surgical team, or the construction of a new eye care facility.
Thank you so much for your contribution. Each one is significant and makes all the work of the Himalayan Cataract Project possible.